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2001 Marin MBX 500

#1 2010-01-15 3:09am

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2001 Marin MBX 500

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2001 Marin MBX 500

Rare US-Built Race Frame

This is a 2001 Marin MBX500 aluminum frame, which was built in small numbers (and sold in even smaller numbers) in the US. It was introduced after the BMX racing boom of the late '90's that had companies like Powerlite, Haro, and Mountain Cycle building high-end aluminum monocoque race frames. Not only was Marin a little late to the party, but unfortunately most BMX racers had never met her, and were reluctant to drop the sort of coin needed to win her over ($500+ frame only). As a result, these are not exactly abundant, however it has good geometry (74 HT, 71 ST) and is light (4.4 lbs), making it easy to get accustomed to. Fortunately Marin decided to leave the seat tube in place (unlike the Mountain Cycle) meaning when you lean on the pedals on the gate this bike doesn't feel like a worn out old bed spring wobbling back and forth under you. I was going for a more subdued look, thus only the head tube decal remains. One oddball thing about these bikes was a head tube that is around 6.5" long which means that most forks do not fit do to their steerer tube length. After a good bit of searching I ended up finding a chromoly Redline fork that had a long enough steerer to work. Here's the spec sheet:

    * Frame: 2001 Marin MBX500 XL, 21.5" top tube, Blue Anodized
    * Fork: Redline Proline, Chrome
    * Headset: Cane Creek
    * Stem: Profile Racing XXL, Polished
    * Bars: S&M Slam, Chrome
    * Grips: ODI Longnecks, Black
    * Brakes: Shimano Deore V-Brakes, Black
    * Lever: Shimano Deore, Black
    * Seat Post: Shimano Ultegra 27.2, Polished
    * Seat Post Clamp: Specialized Globe, Chrome
    * Seat: Fit Perforated, Black
    * Pedals: Primo Race Sealed, Polished
    * Cranks: GT 180mm, Chrome
    * Bottom Bracket: Profile Racing Sealed w/Hop-up Kit, Silver
    * Chainring: Profile Racing Whipit 44t, Silver
    * Freewheel: Shimano 16t
    * Chain: Sedis
    * Chain Tensioners: Profile Racing, Silver
    * Front Hub: SunRace HBX80 36-hole, Polished
    * Rear Hub: SunRace HBX80 36-hole, Polished
    * Rims: Araya Super 7X 36-hole, Chrome
    * Spokes: Wheelsmith Stainless, Chrome
    * Front Tire: Tioga Comp III 20 x 2.125"
    * Rear Tire: Tioga Comp III 20 x 1.75"

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#2 2010-01-15 4:23am

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

that`s a super cool pic !!!   What is it ? How was it done ?   prop`s  on the hole progect !!!!!!

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#4 2010-01-15 1:22pm

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

wow..amazing pics..sweet bike too

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#5 2010-01-15 1:25pm

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

I forgot to mention....sick parts list

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#6 2010-01-15 1:56pm

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That pic is way to cool for that milk crate.. Maybee shoot it again and use a prop stick or bike stand. Awsom idea though and great pic to, just would look way cooler without crate. Great bike to.. lol


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#7 2010-01-15 8:10pm

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Nice pics!!!!  And nice bike info.  I faintly remember these coming out but def havent seen one fully built.  Great build!!


Looking for S&M International Challenger Cruiser frame!!  (Yeah, I wish!!)

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#8 2010-01-15 8:36pm

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I like this frame!I have a NOS one sitting waiting for more parts.Even been thinking of getting another(hmmmm)to build for serious riding.


Would like lots of bikes but the SE Hauler is one that has a lot of sentimental value to me. Anyone got one?

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#9 2010-01-16 3:37am

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

Well, I say too very nice pics...coolcoolcool And rare model!

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#10 2010-01-16 3:46am

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

cool bike , very nice , looks sick cool


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#11 2010-01-17 6:43am

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

Great job.

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#12 2011-05-21 9:19am

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Love the pic. The thought of water getting next to a bike gives me the willies! But this is a work of art! Awesome

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#13 2011-05-22 1:27pm

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

rude dude wrote:

that`s a super cool pic !!!   What is it ? How was it done ?   prop`s  on the hole progect !!!!!!

I found a giant puddle that was about an inch deep, and there was no wind. I had my bike and camera in the van, but nothing to prop it with except the milk crate. I did the same thing with my Sunday Model C (you can click my bikes link if you want to see it) but used a long threaded bolt to balance the bike on. Looks way better but of course it ended up falling over in the puddle. D'oh. Glad you like it!

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#14 2011-05-22 6:58pm

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Well however you did it, its awesome!!! Sucks it fell, but I'm sure you dryed it off fast!!!

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#15 2012-12-19 6:13pm

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

Did you lose the built in tensioners on yours for any particular reason?
I am hoping to purchase on of these and Im curious if the work....


Shiny side 7x wanted in black with good looseball hubs
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#16 2012-12-20 8:42am

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gimlid wrote:

Did you lose the built in tensioners on yours for any particular reason?
I am hoping to purchase on of these and Im curious if the work....

I was lucky enough to get another one. I had to pay bills a while ago and it was a quick sale.
Think I want to put alot of S&M stuff on it.
The tensioners do work well.


Would like lots of bikes but the SE Hauler is one that has a lot of sentimental value to me. Anyone got one?

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#17 2012-12-20 6:32pm

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gimlid wrote:

Did you lose the built in tensioners on yours for any particular reason?
I am hoping to purchase on of these and Im curious if the work....

I like the look of the aftermarket ones. Integrated ones work fine, I'm just a tensioner snob big_smile.

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#18 2012-12-22 8:11pm

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Re: 2001 Marin MBX 500

21.5 TT u sure its not 20.5?  I have owned 4 of these frames all being 20.5

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#19 2013-01-27 2:37pm

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skpfwrd wrote:

21.5 TT u sure its not 20.5?  I have owned 4 of these frames all being 20.5

Yeah their bikes were big for their size, sounds like you had the Pro. The XL is enormous!

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#20 2013-11-24 9:27am

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building mine over the Christmas break (finally) after a year in the packaging lol cool


Shiny side 7x wanted in black with good looseball hubs
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#21 2013-11-24 9:28am

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thanks for the inspiration yours looks really pimp cool


Shiny side 7x wanted in black with good looseball hubs
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#22 2014-06-24 6:49am

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skpfwrd wrote:

21.5 TT u sure its not 20.5?  I have owned 4 of these frames all being 20.5

+1   Mine is 4 1/2" head tube as well. 

Beautiful job on yours, and great pix!


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#23 2015-02-11 6:09am

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bmxmarty wrote:

rude dude wrote:

that`s a super cool pic !!!   What is it ? How was it done ?   prop`s  on the hole progect !!!!!!

I found a giant puddle that was about an inch deep, and there was no wind. I had my bike and camera in the van, but nothing to prop it with except the milk crate. I did the same thing with my Sunday Model C (you can click my bikes link if you want to see it) but used a long threaded bolt to balance the bike on. Looks way better but of course it ended up falling over in the puddle. D'oh. Glad you like it!

Just saw these pix right now, bmxmarty, and wanted to add my positive comments as to how cool that puddle photo is!
Very cool build on a quite rare bike (I like your use of all the Profile goodies), and a great camera effort too !

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#24 2017-12-28 10:24pm

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Great bike, fantastic photo cool


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